As I have said before I am a HUGE fan of Instagram. To me it is like the photo version of Twitter....because I find Twitter a little boring. I just love seeing what pictures people are taking, getting inspired, laughing, smiling, participating in challenges and documenting things in my life.
One item I've been recently started participating in is Throw Back Thursday. It's fun to look back at old pictures and laugh and share them with others.
This morning I was at the gym and I thought to myself that I wanted to find a picture at my heaviest. I wanted to have something to compare with now. There is something very motivating about the before picture and even more motivating is the now picture and watching it become the before picture. I'm not one to hide from the camera so I knew if I looked around I would find it and I knew about when I should start looking. I also knew that once I found it I would use it as my throw back picture today and share it with all of you.
Boy did I find it.
I know it's not a full body shot, but I don't even know that we need that to understand how big I was here. Look at the size of my neck. The crazy part is it is so big it's almost not even there. My boobs kind of become just another roll of neck fat. My linebacker shoulders are out of control.
This picture was taken on May 14 2011. I know because it was Leyton's first birthday and that was just about when I was at my heaviest. Most would call this the "baby weight" stage. Not me. I weighed less walking out of the hospital with my son than I did BEFORE I got pregnant. I just put a ton of weight on the year following his birth.
It's motivating to see this, and I have other shots to show you down the road.
I don't ever want to be that size again. More important, let me tell you about that girl on the left. That is a girl that was barely eating any fruits and vegetables, was always eating till her guts hurt, was drinking 50+oz of diet soda a day (yes you read that right), and was eating fast food for AT LEAST one meal a day. She was tired, she was depressed and she hid it all with a smile.
Let me tell you about the girl on the right. Yesterday she had a banana, an apple, a mango, 4 large strawberries and about 2 cups of spinach...and that was only at breakfast! At lunch she ate a raw veggie sandwich and at dinner another huge platter of roasted veggies over some brown rice pasta. She drinks at least 100 ounces of water a day and sometimes chases that with some fresh juice. She has a ton of energy and even went to the gym at 6am this morning.
Most important, this girl smiles right now just because she feels happy.